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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 1000+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Reading Mencap’s Wacky Walk Celebrates Learning Disability Week
    12 June 2024

    More than 100 local children and adults with learning disabilities will be putting on their fanciest footwear and joining in with a celebration on Wednesday 19 June in Reading to mark Learning Disability Week. Reading Mencap is taking over Reading’s Forbury Gardens for a sponsored walk with a difference and has invited the whole community to ...

  • Smallwood Trust Women’s Urgent Support Fund – Deadline 21 June, 2024
    6 June 2024

    Introduction – overview of the funding The Women’s Urgent Support Fund supports organisations providing frontline services for women to manage the impact of the cost-of-living crisis. The Fund is delivered by the Smallwood Trust. Who is eligible to apply? The following types of non-profit groups can apply: Registered charities Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) Charitable Trusts Co-operative Societies Community Benefit Societies Community Interest Companies limited by ...

  • Reading Climate Festival 2024
    6 June 2024

    Two weeks of events to inspire and support collective climate action in Reading Running from 8–21 June 2024, this year’s programme has over 30 events to help us create a climate-friendly town: A Big Lunch in Forbury Gardens with climate-friendly street food, music, and a samba parade for kids Support for organisations that want to measure, monitor and ...

  • General Election guidance for charities from the Charity Commission
    5 June 2024

    Following the announcement of a General Election in July, the Charity Commission have issued guidance for charities to understand the rules on political activity and campaigning now that a general election has been called. In summary, charities can take part in political activity that supports their charitable purposes and is in their best interests and many ...

  • The Postcode Society Trust – Next round opens August 2024
    30 May 2024

    Introduction – Overview of the funding The Postcode Society Trust promotes its own society lottery for the sole purpose of raising funds for good causes. The funding is intended for smaller charities and good causes in the south of England to make a difference to their communities. Who is eligible to apply? Local charities and other not-for-profit organisations based ...

  • The Fore – Next registration deadline is 24 July, 2024
    22 May 2024

    Introduction – overview of the funding The Fore is the only open-access funder in the UK offering development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises. Who is eligible to apply? Applications are accepted from the following types of organisations who are registered in the UK, with an annual revenue of less than £500,000 in the previous completed ...

  • Black History Month (BHM) 365 Fund – SNG – Deadline 24 May, 2024
    22 May 2024

    Introduction – overview of the funding The Sovereign Network Group has a partnership with A2Dominion Housing Group, Peabody and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing to offer grants, through the Black History Month (BHM) 365 fund, that support activities and projects in communities that celebrate black history. The timing of this funding round allows plenty of time for funding ...

  • Tesco and easyfundraising Community Pledge Funding for May 2024 – Registration deadline May 31, 2024
    22 May 2024

    Introduction – overview of the funding Tesco and easyfundraising have come together again to give a helping hand to organisations working tirelessly to keep up with spiralling costs and rising demand.  Easyfundraising turns the everyday online shopping of staff, members, volunteers, and supporters into funds for the organisation. Easyfundraising partners with over 8,000 brands who want to ...

  • Slides from the RVA Meet the Funder Event held 21 May 2024
    22 May 2024

    We held another successful Meet the Funder Event yesterday, with over 20 charities and groups attending and four funders presenting. The event included plenty of times for questions and networking in order to get some face time with funders as well as the opportunity to make connections with other voluntary and community sector groups. Some feedback ...

  • Trustee Recruitment, Training and Support from RVA
    22 May 2024

    Are you a Trustee looking for training and resources, or maybe you are a charity or community group seeking to recruit more trustees? RVA provides a wealth of support in this area for charities and community groups providing services in Reading, including: Free Trustee Recruitment cycle and support Trustee Training – covering trustee roles and responsibilities for new ...

  • Offices available for charity use at 10 Eaton Place, Reading RG1 7LP
    21 May 2024

    Avire is an agency matching charities with businesses for short-term lettings. They have an offer of a 2-storey building, sized from 1000 sq ft up to 2000 sq ft. The property is available to charities on a rent, business rates and service charge-free basis. The charity would pay the utilities. The property can be used for office, administration, ...

  • The Earley Charity – Capital Projects Fund – Deadline 24 June 2024
    20 May 2024

    Following the outstanding success of their Bicentenary Capital Fund launched in 2019, Trustees are pleased to announce a new £350,000 Capital Projects Fund. The fund is open to local organisations that work in or predominately serve the Earley Charity’s area of benefit (see below). By Capital we mean bricks and mortar such as new builds, extensions ...

  • RVA Befriending Forum 25.6.24
    16 May 2024

    The voice of the volunteer Please join us at the next Befriending Forum where we will hear from local volunteers about how they support people facing loneliness, why they do it and the impact it has on them as well as the people they support. The agenda will include: Welcome, introductions and event outcomes Presentations by local volunteers Vision for ...

  • Life Changers Therapeutic Gardening Programme
    15 May 2024 A man and a woman gardening. The woman is wearing a purple Thrive fleece and smiling at the man.

    Life Changers is a free, four month gardening programme for those living with a life-changing illness or injury to enable them to improve their health and wellbeing.

  • Community Buildings Forum – Sep 2024
    15 May 2024

    Are you a charity or community group looking for space to run your activities or services, or do you have space within your building that you would like to hire out, lease or offer to others? Then come along to our next Community Buildings Forum on 12 September, 10.30am-12noon (registration and refreshments from 10.15am) The session will ...

  • Safeguarding Adults Training for charities and groups – Sep 2024
    14 May 2024

    Does your charity offer services or activities to adults in  Reading? If so, come along to this free training. (Please note we have a separate Safeguarding Children training session, see our training page). All charities, voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. As most charities and community groups ...

  • Could you volunteer to serve your community as an elected trust Governor?
    10 May 2024

    Berkshire Healthcare NHS FoundationTrust currently has an elected governor vacancy for the Reading locality. Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is the NHS supplier of mental health care and community heath care for Berkshire. It is rated Outstanding, has an anti-racist commitment and is a Stonewall Top 100 employer. Its Governors help shape the way the Trust works ...

  • Venturesome Impact Fund
    2 May 2024

    Introduction – Overview of the funding The Venturesome Impact Fund provides social investment for purpose driven organisations – charities, social enterprises and community groups – all over the UK. Social investment is the use of repayable finance to help an organisation achieve a social purpose. It is not a grant or a donation. The fund offers flexible finance options ...

  • Slides and resources from Community Buildings Forum held on 30 April 2024
    1 May 2024

    Thanks to all who attended the Community Buildings Forum on 30 April. We heard from voluntary, statutory and commercial partners on available spaces and other relevant news and resources. Below are the slides and other resources if you were unable to attend and would like to be kept up to date on current available spaces. Also ...

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation – Racial Equity Fund – Deadline 30 May 2024
    17 April 2024

    Introduction – overview of the funding The Lloyds Bank Foundation offers funding to small and local charities across England and Wales, helping people overcome complex social issues, such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse. The Foundation helps those charities through long-term funding, developmental support as well as influencing policy and practice. They are a niche funder, ...

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